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1988 Schwinn Circuit - Part 2

Old 12-16-21, 04:09 PM
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1988 Schwinn Circuit - Part 2

Lightning may strike twice! Lol. I found another Schwinn Circuit for sale in my size, 54cm, in Philly for $300. The NYC seller I mentioned in my previous post evaporated.

Only 1 pic, attached, is included in the Philly CL ad. I contacted the seller, he said heíll send additional pictures (heís an hour away). Iím excited about the prospect of picking up a Circuit, based on everyoneís feedback in my previous post. Thatís if itís in good condition.

Difficult to tell what shape this bike is in; the picture isnít the best. The front wheel looks bent? Weíll see. In the meantime, Iíll read Forum posts to refresh my memory on Sante.

1988 Schwinn Circuit

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While not exactly the same, think of Santť as a yuppie version of 600 Ultegra (aka tricolour) in a white and grey paint finish. The only real issue with Santť is that it looks terrible once it's all scratched up. Hoewver, based on the single photo, this group looks good, outside of those nasty brake hoods.
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Old 12-16-21, 06:13 PM
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Thanks, T-Mar

Itís nice to see your name here.
Sounds good. I like the way the white brakes look. Iíll post the pics if and when I receive them.

I hope that all the Forum members whoíve been so patient with me, and whoíve lent me their considerable expertise, are well during these crazy times.
All the best to you and your families for a happy and healthy new year.
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Another issue is there no quick release on the caliper so it limits your lever options.

For $300 I’d be in the car for a full Sante group in that nice of shape
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+1 should be driving already.
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Really? Wow. Ok. Let me see what I can do.
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The pics are in. I donít think the hoods will clean up. Iíd replace them. Itís dirty. The chrome may be ok. I donít see any pitting except for maybe on the inside of the forks, although it may just be dirt. What do we think of the condition?

Also, looking at the head tube - is this a 52cm or instead a 54cm as the seller described it?











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Here are additional pictures.

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409 will clean those hoods up, but they may remain gummy afterwards
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DMC, OK. Iíll keep that in mind. The seller suggested magic eraser. Maybe worth a try. Coordinating a meet up.
Does it look like a 54cm, which Iíd like, as the seller described it?
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DMC, OK. Iíll keep that in mind. The seller suggested magic eraser. Maybe worth a try. Coordinating a meet up.
Does it look like a 54cm, which Iíd like, as the seller described it?

Yes, with those old Shimano brake parts, always better to have nbew hoods in hand before disposing of the old ones --- some are hard to get , but those hoods may be the same as 105 or 600 -- white ones are harder to find

It does look in that 53-54 size range for sure
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Looking at the1988 catalogue, Schwinn appears to have used CTC for frame sizing. The closest size to what I'm seeing is listed as 53.5cm. IThe corresponding top tube measurement is 54cm.
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Thanks, T-Mar. OK. That should be fine. I had a 52cm Trek. The top tube was shorter than 54 (I canít recall the exact length). I couldnít stretch out on it. My Bertin is 54x54 which feels perfect.
Iím meeting the seller tomorrow morning.

Now, of course, my wife is after me to sell the Bertin (and my Ross chrome mountain bike). Because why would anyone need two (two!) or three (ďAre you a hoarder?Ē) bikes?
Is anyone selling a shed (aka an out of sight man cave)? 😉
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My friend had a 1987 in matte black and he loved that bike , swore it was the best riding bike on the planet. I looked it over when I met him , I had never seen one and was impressed with the way the bike was built. Unfortunately my friend decided to use it for a crash test!! He hit a car and went air born . The front wheel was "taco-ed" so he replaced the wheel. The rest of the frame looked OK . A year later he was riding along and thought he had a flat tire but when he got off to check it turns out the head tube had a helical crack from lug to lug. NOT THE BIKES FAULT , he was not a little guy so when he smacked the car I'm sure it cracked the HT.
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My friend had a 1987 in matte black and he loved that bike , swore it was the best riding bike on the planet. I looked it over when I met him , I had never seen one and was impressed with the way the bike was built. Unfortunately my friend decided to use it for a crash test!! He hit a car and went air born . The front wheel was "taco-ed" so he replaced the wheel. The rest of the frame looked OK . A year later he was riding along and thought he had a flat tire but when he got off to check it turns out the head tube had a helical crack from lug to lug. NOT THE BIKES FAULT , he was not a little guy so when he smacked the car I'm sure it cracked the HT.
Ouch. Good to know about the bike quality. Sorry for your buddy. Hmm..Me thinks I shall ride only in the park from now on.
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Thanks, T-Mar. OK. That should be fine. I had a 52cm Trek. The top tube was shorter than 54 (I canít recall the exact length). I couldnít stretch out on it. My Bertin is 54x54 which feels perfect.
Iím meeting the seller tomorrow morning.

Now, of course, my wife is after me to sell the Bertin (and my Ross chrome mountain bike). Because why would anyone need two (two!) or three (ďAre you a hoarder?Ē) bikes?
Is anyone selling a shed (aka an out of sight man cave)? 😉
You NEED both a road bike and a mountain bike ---- especially if the MTB is an early chrome one like your Ross !
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My friend had a 1987 in matte black and he loved that bike , swore it was the best riding bike on the planet. I looked it over when I met him , I had never seen one and was impressed with the way the bike was built. Unfortunately my friend decided to use it for a crash test!! He hit a car and went air born . The front wheel was "taco-ed" so he replaced the wheel. The rest of the frame looked OK . A year later he was riding along and thought he had a flat tire but when he got off to check it turns out the head tube had a helical crack from lug to lug. NOT THE BIKES FAULT , he was not a little guy so when he smacked the car I'm sure it cracked the HT.
Iím reading this again and laughing 😂 😂
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You NEED both a road bike and a mountain bike ---- especially if the MTB is an early chrome one like your Ross !
HAHAHA! RIGHT! DMC, I need you to remind me of that every time I get the delirious thought to sell the Ross. My LBS owner did mention he can get Panaracer Dart and Smoke tan walls for it. Iím tempted. Although, my neighbor is after me to sell it to him. Canít think of anything Iíd replace it with though. I suspect Iíd regret it.




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I've always liked the aesthetics of the Sante' components. The hidden mounting system of the chainring bolts is cool. The shape of the 7 speed S.I.S. downtube levers looks just right and that fact that the little rubber cable covers are still preserved is pretty impressive. The sleek upper cage design of the rear derailleur is very nice. The rear Uniglide 7 speed cassette is hopefully not worn out since finding NOS replacements at a decent price is becoming harder and harder to do.

The front shift lever might handle triple chainrings in the front. If it were me I and I had possession of that component group I might try to convert it to a 3x7 geartrain by adding a triplizer middle ring.
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I have a Circuit with full Sante !!!!

I bought it a few years ago. Even though it is a little big for me ( 24.5 - 25 ) I still bought it because it is in MINT condition !!!!!

It is rideable and I can put me feet flat on the ground to straddle it

I bought it more for a collection. I do not ride it. I have a " few" others to ride

It is a " little: snug

GREAT BIKE !!!!!!!

Hope you get the bike !!!

Good Luck !!!!!!
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First, I hope you've bought the Circuit by now. Second, do not under any circumstances be tempted to sell the Ross. It is in great condition and you are unlikely to ever get another one that clean if you sell it and have remorse about it. So keep it. Blame it on me.
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HAHAHA! RIGHT! DMC, I need you to remind me of that every time I get the delirious thought to sell the Ross. My LBS owner did mention he can get Panaracer Dart and Smoke tan walls for it. Iím tempted. Although, my neighbor is after me to sell it to him. Canít think of anything Iíd replace it with though. I suspect Iíd regret it.






Beautiful bike!
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So keep it. Blame it on me.

Me too!
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Beautiful bike!

Thank you, DMC! Itís far from perfect but I sure do like to look at it
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Thanks, T-Mar. OK. That should be fine. I had a 52cm Trek. The top tube was shorter than 54 (I can’t recall the exact length). I couldn’t stretch out on it. My Bertin is 54x54 which feels perfect.
I’m meeting the seller tomorrow morning.

Now, of course, my wife is after me to sell the Bertin (and my Ross chrome mountain bike). Because why would anyone need two (two!) or three (“Are you a hoarder?”) bikes?
Is anyone selling a shed (aka an out of sight man cave)? 😉
The top line center of seat to center of bars should be about the same as the Bertin so I think fit should be fine. As for the brake hoods or brakes exage hoods or levers will work and came in white but like the Santa's are pretty pricey for a nice white set.
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